Where to Wear Hanbok in Seoul

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Hanbok is a Korean traditional dress characterized by vibrant colors and simple lines without pockets. It usually refers specifically to clothing of the Joseon period and is worn as semi-formal or formal wear during traditional festivals and celebrations of the Koreans. If you’re a Korean drama addict (like me) you can usually spot these colorful dresses in Saeguk Dramas (historical period dramas). So if you want to be Jang Geum (Jewel in the Palace) or Queen Seon Deuk for a day, you should try wearing one.

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Photo with Koreans in Hanbok

A visit to South Korea is incomplete without trying to wear their traditional dress. I must say it is a must experience wearing one while visiting the country and make your trip memorable and if I may say “instagramable”.

There are ways to wear and experience Hanbok in Seoul with corresponding rental fees by shops. But did you know you can also wear these pretty and colorful traditional Korean dresses for free? Read on to know where you can rent and wear Hanboks while visiting Seoul.

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  1. GRAND PALACE TOUR

Discover history and beauty of the Joseon Dynasty by taking a tour to the different palaces. There are five (5) palaces to be exact found in Seoul. They are the Gyeongbukgong, Changdeokgung, Changgyeonggung, Deoksugung and Gyeonghuigung. And while wandering the grand palaces, wear Hanbok and experience as a court lady, a princess or as a Queen Dowager. Rent a Hanbok for 6 hours for KRW15,000 and get a free admission to any of the palaces.

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Couple in modern-style Hanbok
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TIPS: You may also opt to try the traditional palace guard’s outfit for free at Gyeongbukgong Palace.

  1. WALK AROUND BUKCHON HANOK VILLAGE IN HANBOK

The Bukchon Hanok Village is home to hundreds of traditional Korean houses called hanok that date back to Joseon Dynasty. Rent a Hanbok and roam around the hanoks like a true Korean Villager. Rental fees ranges from KRW10,000 to KRW15,000 for 2-4 hours. Choose from traditional to modern style hanboks and a choice of accessories to accessorize your dress and look more stunning for a photo op.

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Wearing Hanbok in traditional-style usually worn by Queens in the Joseon Period
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Walking around Bukchon Hanok Village in Hanbok (and in flip-flop)
  1. FREE HANBOK EXPERIENCE IN MYEONGDONG

You can experience wearing Hanbok for free and where to avail this? Head to Seoul Global Cultural Center at M Plaza and wear free Hanboks for a few minutes. Take photos wearing your choice of Hanbok with accessories. Check the details here:

  • Address: 5F, M Plaza, 27, Myeongdong 8-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
  • Directions:
  1. Myeongdong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 6. Walk approx. 4min.
  2. Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 6. Walk approx. 7min.
  • Operating hours (Hanbok experience): Monday-Thursday 10:00-16:00 (Last admission at 15:30)

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 Important: Hanbok experience available in first-come, first-served basis and will close when all time-slots are filled. Rental time is limited to 10 minutes only.

  1. WEAR FREE HANBOK AT DEOKSUGUNG PALACE

At Deoksugung palace, there is a traditional changing of the guard’s ceremony every day of the week excluding Mondays. Visitors can stop by the Hanbok rental booth in front of the palace main gate. Try on traditional guard uniforms and other hanboks for free. The Hanbok rental is first-come-first-served basis with 10-minutes hanbok experience. Details here:

  • Address: 99, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul.
  • Directions: City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2) Exit 2, walk approx. 2minutes.
  • Opening time: Tuesday-Sunday, 10:30-11:30, 13:30-14:30, 15:00-16:00 first-come, first-served basis. Experience limited to 10minutes only.

Important: Not available in case of heavy rain or snow or during periods of extreme cold.

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  1. HANBOK PHOTOSHOOT AT A STUDIO

If you feel like it is too hassle to walk around in Hanbok, take photos wearing your Hanbok indoors. There are a lot of photo studios around Seoul where you can also rent a hanbok and other props to make your photo more realistic. If you are traveling with your family, it is a great souvenir from your trip to have a family picture where all of you are wearing hanboks.

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Your Majesty LOL

Planning a trip to South Korea soon? Experience a true K-drama feels while wearing Hanbok around Seoul. It’s definitely a memorable experience. Take photos and make you Instagram posts more IG-worthy.

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My Korea Diary

 

Spent six (6) days exploring the Oppa world with my beshie, Cindy. And that 6 days, if I may say, is not enough to explore South Korea or the main tourist spots at least.South Korea is one of my top travel destinations not only because I became fond of watching Korean Dramas and admiring Oppas (Korean actors) from every series that I watch but because South Korea is a country that must be on every tourist’ bucketlist.

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Hanoks at Bukchon Hanok Village
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Seoul City at Night
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N Seoul Tower
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Love Locks at N Seoul Tower

Our itinerary focused more on Seoul district tour. We just add up Nami Island as this is truly a-must-visit. And since its their spring season and it is expected that beautiful flowers are still in bloom, we included Garden of the Morning Calm but did not able to catch the blooming of the cherry blossoms (sad face).

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Hwangwonjeong-pavillon
Geunjeongmun (Gate)
Geunjeongmun (Gate)

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The original itinerary we created includes Petite France, but due to time constraint, we eliminated it on our list at least for now. Though it was heart-breaking for me, because my goal for this trip is to explore all the great places in Seoul and all neighboring tourist spots. Also, to add my frustration, we have not finished visiting all the 5 palaces and the Jongmyo Shrine. But well, I said to myself I will definitely comeback to South Korea and finish visiting all the spots that I’ve missed on this trip. Besides, I have not gone to Busan and Jeju Island and would absolutely visit  these places in the near future. Busan is also a must visit city in South Korea so also with Jeju Island. Oh, before I forget, the Korean Demilitarized Zone tour should be included on my next trip. This DMZ tour is definitely one for the books.

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Garden of the Morning Calm
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Maple Tree Lane at Naminara Republic
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Nami Island

 

One thing I learned from my Korea trip is the more I am impressed with this country. From learning and appreciating their colorful culture and inspiring history, to trying good Korean foods and meeting kind Koreans, South Korea is, I must say one of my favorite country, not just because of their Korean pop culture and dramas but everything South Korea could offer. I would definitely go back to that country. It is again reiterated on my bucketlist.

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Hanoks at Bukchon Hanok Village
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Walking through the alley of Bukchon Hanok Village

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Happy me!

 

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Me wearing hte Korean Hanbok – traditional style.

 

10 Photos that Make You Wanna Explore Cabongaoan Beach in Pangasinan

Frankly speaking, Pangasinan is underrated. They have amazing beaches that are yet to discover. And so this summer, we hit the road for a long trip to Western Luzon – Pangasinan instead of going south. Original plan is to visit Patar Beach in Bolinao, Pangasinan but later changed to Burgos – also in Pangasinan to wrap up the summer season. Bolinao is known for its very own Patar Beach, which is rich in mocha-color sand and amazing rock formations. But unknown to many – well, atleast for now, other than Bolinao, Pangasinan has Burgos, a 4th class municipality located at the westernmost point of the province. If Bolinao is rich in beautiful beaches, Burgos has its own share of worthy-beach destination.

Here are 10 stunning photos that make you wanna visit Cabongaoan Beach now.

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Cabongaoan Beach is definitely Burgos’ pride. A decent beach with fewer crowds compared to Patar Beach in Bolinao. This perhaps is the reason why we chose Burgos over Bolinao, to avoid the over-crowded beach and spend time at the beach quietly. The beach is still virgin. It has yet to be explored. In fact, the road to Cabongaoan Beach is quite rough. It took us four-hour drive from Carmen to Burgos town proper. Then an additional 45 minutes to reach the beach area. But the long and winding road to the beach is all worth it. The moment we reached our destination, I immediately ran to the beach side and was amaze with the view and the crystal-clear waters of the ocean.
30 minutes walk from the resort we stayed is where the so-called “Death Pool” The death pool is a deep tidal pool beside the sea. I am not sure why is it called the death pool though. But according to locals, it is a term to describe the natural swimming pool that forms near the beach whenever the tide comes in and fills it with saltwater. It’s pretty scary that’s why I didn’t go closer to take photos of it. Yet, beach-goers seems to be enjoying at the pool Other than the “death pool”, there are a number of rock formations and sea cliffs in Cabongaon Beach that are also instagram-worthy. So I took as many photos as I can. Plus, I was able to witness a beautiful sunset by the beach.
We stayed overnight at Puerto del Baher where we rented a small bungalow house with three air-conditioned rooms for PHP7,000. Since the resort is not fully-developed yet, and the place is quite remote there are no available restaurants or stores where you can buy and eat foods during your stay at the beach. Prior to our trip to Cabongaoan, we have to buy our food from the town’s marketplace and cook at the resort. For more information and reservations, you may visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Mhargee.puertodelbaherresort/

Traveling to Burgos from Manila may take so much time but I assure you the long drive will be worth it. The “death pool” is a must-see attraction, and the beach, you’ll definitely fall in-love with it.
Here’s a short guide on how to reach Cabongaoan Beach when commuting.
• Take buses going to Alaminos, Pangasinan
o Bus lines: Five Star, Victory Liner, Solid North, Dagupan Bus (from Cubao or Pasay)
• Take another bus from Alaminos going to Burgos
• From Burgos, charter a tricycle to take you to Cabongoan Beach (approximately PHP300/one way)
• I suggest to get the contact number of the tricycle driver so he can pick you up from the resort the next day

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